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Recent developments of kenaf fiber rein-forced thermoset composites: a review


Sreenivasan, S. and Sulaiman, Shamsuddin and Baharudin, B. T. Hang Tuah and Mohd Ariffin, Mohd Khairol Anuar and Abdan, Khalina (2012) Recent developments of kenaf fiber rein-forced thermoset composites: a review. In: 15th International Conference on Advances in Materials of Processing Technologies, 23-26 Sept. 2012, University of Wollongong, Australia. .


Kenaf fibers are recently upcoming reinforcement material to be used in composites. This is due to its low density, commercially viability, no health risk, high specific strength and modulus and renewability. It can also be cultivated in a variety of soil and is easily cultiva-ble in some countries. Although traditionally it has been a used as products such as rope, twine, bagging and rugs, recently interests have grown for uses in other applications such as fiber reinforced composites. This paper reviews the recent developments in the use of kenaf fiber as a reinforcement material in thermoset composites. This paper also discusses the multiple types of kenaf fibers itself that are currently available in the market. The processes of kenaf cultivation and pre-treatment have also been reviewed. The properties of various kenaf reinforced thermoset polymer composites, interface between kenaf fiber and matrix and multitude of current manufacturing processes have also been discussed and presented. Recommendations for further research and development have also been given in this paper.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Keywords: Kenaf; Kenaf mechanical properties; Kenaf electrical properties; Kenaf composite interface; Kenaf treatment; Natural fiber composite; Thermoset
Depositing User: Samsida Samsudin
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2013 06:53
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 07:09
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/26614
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